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Feb 25, 2009 07:48 AM

Kitchen Aid Ice Cream Maker & nature

From the directions, I wonder why I can't use the out of doors to freeze the bowl. It would basicly be free energy in winter.

Or can be bowl get too cold?

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  1. Actually, the problem is that most places in the world are not cold enough in winter.

    A properly set home freezer is at 0 degrees F. Do you live somewhere that stays at 0 degree F or below 24 hours day? If so, it shouldn't be a problem to freeze the bowl outside.

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    1. re: srgoodman

      why 24 hrs/day? If you are going to use it in the AM a good overnight freeze ought to do it, assuming it is cold enough over night.

      1. re: AHan

        I've been making a lot of gelato lately, so I'll respond. My particular bowl (Cuisinart) needs to be in the freezer for 24 hours. The first time I used it and just put it in overnight (did NOT let it freeze for 24 hours), the bowl wasn't frozen solid, but I didn't figure it out until the gelato was in process--so it didn't really form gelato in the machine that time. To make sure the ice cream (gelato/frozen treat of choice) sets up properly, 24 hours appears to be key. At least in my freezer! Agree with srgoodman, if it's consistently 0 degrees F outside, let nature be your freezer!

        1. re: kattyeyes

          I'll agree with Katty.

          It's my experience, with my KitchenAid bowl, that my results are better if it is in the freezer for at least 24 hours. I do not know the "why" of this. I just know what I've observed.

          I also concur that Mother Nature is not reliable enough to get and keep the bowl cold enough...Unless you're in Frostbite Falls, MN.

          Oh, that reference dates me, doesn't it?

          1. re: Monch

            I keep my bowl in the freezer all the time. Just take it out to make ice cream, then clean it and put it back in the freezer. As cold as it gets, the action of the paddle and the heat of the motor over the processing time help to defrost the bowl. It needs all the help it can get, like a really deep freeze to begin with.